Bishop Jim Gonia

  • Missional Gathering Planning
  • Installation, Rod Hank, Joy, Parker, CO
  • Immanuel, Greeley
  • ELCA Youth Gathering

Pastor Ron Roschke 

  • Global Mission Committee
  • Preach and Preside, St Paul, Denver
  • Work with candidacy and campus ministry

Pastor Sarah Moening 

  • Missional Gathering Planning
  • Continuing Ed


Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Mission congregation accompaniment and ministry reviews

Pastor Kent Mueller   

  • Lutheran Center & Call Process Administration

Erin Power, Diaconal Ministry

  • Theological Conference planning
  • Ministry Reviews

Ruth Hoffman - 

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • State Public Policy Offices
  • Medicaid Coalition
  • NM Conference of Churches
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Colorado Health Foundation: Analysis of King V. Burwell
  • All Families Deserve a Chance coalition meeting
  • 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering (Detroit, MI) 


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In This Issue
Consider a gift to the Better Together Fund

The Scriptures remind us that we are the Body of Christ, woven together for the sake of our witness to God's love and grace. As members of the ELCA we claim the power of being Christ's Church-Better Together.  

At our Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly in May the Synod Council announced the Better Together Fund, an opportunity for those passionate about our shared ministry as a synod and as a global church to set aside one dollar a day (or more) for the foundational work we do together. Learn more and give a gift online.


View Bishop Gonia's video introduction: 





"..beset by change, but Spirit-led"

2-candles-sm.jpgFrom the challenge that has arisen to confront the sin of racism, to a new definition of marriage throughout our land, to the questions about climate change, our prayer is that we be "Spirit-led" in our context and conversation.



2015 Leadership Retreat / Theological Conference is September 21-24 at Estes Park, CO
Registration is open for the annual gathering for leaders in the Rocky Mountain Synod. The registration deadline is August 20.

Information about the event is posted online, including the registration link.

Those who have been participating in the Journey of Renewal program will gather one day early for the program closing retreat.

Christ the King mission congregation in South Jordan, Utah, to close August 23

The Rocky Mountain Synod Council has made the difficult decision to close the mission congregation currently served by Pastor Emily Ewing in South Jordan, Utah. For the past nine years, this unique "storefront" ministry has faithfully witnessed to the Good News of Christ in the unique Utah context, and we give thanks for Pastor Emily's ministry.

The Service of Holy Closure will take place on Sunday, August 23 at 5 p.m. at 10318 Redwood Rd #16, South Jordan, UT 84095. All are invited to join with Bishop Gonia in giving thanks for this ministry as it comes to a conclusion.
Prayer Cycle
JULY 2015



Christ the King Durango, CO
Tim Orlowski
Community of Joy Rio Rancho, NM
Michael Bastian
Cross of Hope Albuquerque, NM
Adam Berndt
Matthew Powell
Holy Cross Albuquerque, NM
Julie LaHam



Pastor Rodney Hank

Joy Lutheran Church, 

7051 E Parker Hills Ct

Parker, CO

July 11 at 5:30 p.m.

rostered leaders: green

Pastor Madelynn Johnston (ECUSA)
St. Paul's Peace
Las Vegas, NM
July 19 at 10 a.m.
rostered leaders: green

Pastor Todd Hawkins
Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E Alameda Ave
Denver, CO
July 25 at 11:00 am

Pastor Christine Higuera Street
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
2654 West Builders Drive (5200 S. and 2700 W.)
Taylorsville, UT 
August 2 at 4 p.m.
Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Exciting changes for SHYG, November 20-22

sunrise-illustration.jpg We have big changes in store for the High School Synod Gathering this 
November 20-22! If you have been doing the gathering for years or this is your first time, this is going to be a great retreat. This year's theme is "The Pursuit." We will be focusing on our individual giftedness and how those gifts fit into and help to forms the greater community of faith.


There are a lot of new surprises this year! Here's what's in store.

  1. The gathering will be held at the Denver Marriot West. It is 2-3 hours closer to our southern and western congregations with no travel difference for those up north.
  2. Added service component. We will be heading out to Denver in congregational groups on Saturday for service in the community.
  3. Fun activities in the hotel and surrounding area!

Some of the tried and true things that we always do will still be the


  1. Small Groups
  2. Large Group
  3. Congregational time
  4. Saturday night Party!

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us November 20-22 in Denver! Cost has not yet been finalized, but budget for between $135-155.



Congregations are stronger and
healthier through CDI training program


St. Makr's Aurora stained glass windowThe Church Development Institute (CDI) is a program for clergy and lay leaders focused on developing the spiritual community and organizational life of congregations to transform them by making them stronger, healthier, more deeply rooted in spirituality, more responsive to God, and more effective in their communities. CDI adpts research and experimentation of secular organizations to the Church's nature and mission through 110 hours of instruction delivered over eight weekends over the course of two years. CDI emphases the building of relationships in congregations and the wider church, demonstrating that we are "Better Together" especially since this is an opportunity provided to us through the Episcopal Church, USA.


Funding for scholarships is under consideration by the Rocky Mountain Synod Council. For more information, please contact Earline Bohling, Rocky Mountain Synod Vice President, at 


Church Development Institute Colorado


Church Development Institute Utah

Eleven fall gatherings throughout
the RMS invite your participation

This year's Missional Gatherings in each conference will help us explore our theme for the year, "Many Voices, One Song." The church is made of many voices, and each voice is as distinctive as the person or the community that sings it. The wonder of the project is how the voices all come together to make one song. 

But really, the voices don't make the song; the song invites the voices to take up the project of making God's music. That is because the song is God's-God's love song for this world loved so deeply and always unfolding in Jesus' good news. We come together this fall to listen for the song and join our voices to the "Gospel music" God is making in the world. 


A registration link will be provided soon. 


Mountain WestSat 9/19Good Shepherd
Glenwood Springs
2-4 p.m.
Metro EastSun 9/20TBD1:30-3:30 p.m.
Metro WestSat 9/26Holy Cross
Wheat Ridge
10 a.m.-noon
North ColoradoSun 9/27TBD2-4 p.m.
WyomingSat 10/10Grace
Noon-3 p.m.
SE Colorado
Sun 10/25
Colorado Springs
2-4 p.m.
Sat 10/31Church of Hope
10 a.m.-noon
Metro South
Sun 11/1
Christ the King
1:30-3:30 p.m.
UtahSat 11/7Zion
Salt Lake City
10 a.m.-noon
Sat 11/14
St. Mark
10 a.m.-noon
N New MexicoSat 12/5TBD10 a.m.-noon


RMS students participate in summer music program

Each summer, talented young people from across the United States come together to be part of the Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) community. 


What they discover is a four-week home where musical excellence is achieved, lifelong friendships are born, faith is deepened, and the spark to serve is ignited. This year it takes place at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. At least two RMS students are participating, Hannah Tassler (daughter of Pastor Michael Tassler, Grace, Colorado Springs) and April Benson, First, Colorado Springs.

Hannah was honored to have won the LSM concerto competition this year, and will perform the first movement of the Mozart Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major along with the symphony orchestra at a closing concert on July 18.


Read Hannah's blog about her experiences so far at this link.


Nominations sought for new RMS Mental Health Team, as called for at the 2015 RMS Assembly

Nominations (including self-nominations) are being solicited for both clergy and lay members of the new RMS Mental Health Team.  fuzzy-green-plant2.jpg


The 2015 Synod Assembly unanimously approved a resolution creating the Mental Health Team, which is tasked with identifying and providing resources for mental health education and advocacy to congregations and ministries of the Synod. Our hope is to convene the Team yet this summer. 


If you and/or someone in your ministry community is passionate about this issue and interested in being part of this Synod Ministry Team, please email Rev. Nelson Bock  with names and contact information. 


It is intended that much-if not all-of our meeting will take place by internet in order to save on travel time and money, so that people in outlying parts of the Synod may participate. 


ELCA responds to Popešs encyclical on creation


Pope Francis issued a clarion call for the care of God's earth; for humanity to come together to protect the planet that God created, which sustains us and our fellow creatures.  

In a statement released by ELCA, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton praised the encyclical, noting parallels to our own social statement "Caring for Creation" and calling for action.

Read Bishop Eaton's statement


Tell the story of the 2015 RMS Assembly

A variety of resources are now available (with more to come) to help tell the story of the Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly, May 1-3 in Salt Lake City.

RMS Assembly Choir: Utah Conference
RMS Assembly Choir: Utah Conference

RMS Sermon: Bishop Eaton
RMS Sermon: Bishop Eaton

Rocky Mountain Synod 2015 Assembly Children's Sermon
Rocky Mountain Synod 2015 Assembly Children's Sermon

Rostered leader transitions and openings
Rostered leaders include pastors, diaconal ministers, associates in ministry, and deaconesses. View a list of congregations in transition at this link.

Prison ministry seeks donations of new greeting cards

One of the ministries that New Beginnings Worshipping Community in Denver offers is a Card Ministry. It ties many hearts together. Pastor Terry Schjang brings donated cards into the prison throughout the year. Women in the prison involved in the New Beginnings Card Ministry meet weekly to sort, stamp, and bundle cards. Three times per year, the women of the Card Ministry are honored to distribute 10,000-15,000 cards to the approximately 1000 women in the prison. The ministry continues as the women who receive cards then have the means to send them back outside to friends and loved ones, including their children. The circle continues as many hearts are tied together. If you are interested in donating new cards for this ministry, please email

Eucharist is second Wednesday of each month

We invite you to join us the second Wednesday of each month for a staff/community Eucharist Service at 11:30am at the Office of the Bishop. Email Erin Power if you are interested in leading worship!  
Non-rostered positions available

Congregations and agencies are seeking non-rostered positions, such as office administrators, musicians, faith formation staff, and more.  View positions at this link.



Director of Youth & Education Ministries 

Advent Lutheran Church Westminster, CO and St. Johnšs Lutheran Church ­ Thornton, CO

For questions or to submit resume: or




Urban Servant Corps is seeking applicants who seek a life of simplicity while exploring their faith through serving those most in need and living in intentional community! If you know someone who would be interested in serving at Empowerment Program (alternative to jail program), Urban Peak (shelter for youth experiencing homelessness), or Warren Village (early childhood education center), please have them contact today!



Flood recovery construction manager needed

The Larimer County Long-Term Recovery Group is looking for a new construction manager dealing with long-term recovery from the floods of 2013 and also the Hyde Park fire. The funding currently in hand for this position goes through mid-December, but will likely be extended for a total of 18 months. If you know of someone who might be interested in this position, please contact Phyllis Kane at or 970-646-8794 as soon as possible or contact Ron Roschke at to see the job description.



Eben Ezer is seeking LPNs and RNs

All Shifts available. Eben Ezer is an independent, non-profit provider located on a beautiful campus in Brush offering long term care, short-term rehab, memory care, assisted and independent living. Located in Brush!, CO; an easy trip East of Denver on I-76  Click here for more information  


Youth will participate in revitalizing Detroit at youth gathering

Living on a block with an abandoned home or two is common for Detroiters, and the city has precious few resources for dealing with such a widespread problem. Neighborhood blight is a health and safety risk to residents, attracts crime, and depresses property values. 

This summer, during the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, youth will participate in Detroit's neighborhood revitalization efforts by boarding up abandoned properties, making neighborhoods safer and healthier for the residents who remain.

While youth will provide the labor, we are in desperate need of supplies. If you know of a building supply company that could donate 4 X 8 OSB boards, please contact You can also donate toward the purchase of supplies by going to


ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grant Applications due THIS WEEK!


ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants support ministries that offer hope and assistance to thousands of people who experience poverty and hunger in the United States. In 2015, World Hunger funded 324 projects across the US for a total of $739,075.  Projects range from congregational food pantries to weekend backpack programs for children to job training and living wage advocacy campaigns.  


Grants are available for organizations that provide direct relief or assist with community development, community  organization, or advocacy.  More information and the application are available at If you have any specific questions about the application itself, please contact Joe Young ( or Johnnie Thompson (


Due date for the application is July 10, 2015.






"Soulful Sunday"

Presented by the Colorado Council of Churches and Capitol Hill United Ministries 

Sunday, August 2, 12:00pm

Park Hill United Methodist Church

5209 Montview Blvd, Denver


Soulful Sunday will be a time of fellowship and worship that will give a diverse group of people of faith an opportunity to get to know one another. The day will begin with a potluck lunch, followed by a brief worship service and communion, and concluding with additional time for fellowship and relationship-building.

The goal is for predominantly black and predominantly white congregations to enter into fellowship and commit to building a relationship. Congregations can decide what form that relationship might take.

Clergy are invited to bring yourselves, your congregants, and enough potluck food & drink to feed the number of people you're expecting to bring.

RSVP at this link: Soulful Sunday. Questions can be directed to Adrian Miller,




Annual Holy Cross Pilgrimage is Saturday, July 11 at Vail     


Again this year Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vail, Colorado, will sponsor a pilgrimage hike climbing Notch  Mountain (13,237), in order to view the Mount of the Holy Cross (14,005).  Because of the popularity of this hike and due to U.S. Forest Service regulations which limit the group to no more than 15 persons at a time, reservations are required.


The date is Saturday July 11, 2015. The event will last from approximately 6:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  This is a fairly strenuous hike and requires proper hiking gear for a trek in the back country. If interested, please send an email to Pastor Scott Beebe at



Hops for Hunger in Fort Collins July 18 benefits childhood hunger


Mustard Seed House Churches presents the third annual Hops for Hunger food drive and fundraiser for childhood hunger! 


Join us on Saturday, July 18 from 1-5PM at Pateros Creek Brewing Co. and CopperMuse Distillery (242 N. College Ave. in Fort Collins) for this family-friendly event. 100% of all food and funds collected will benefit KidsPak  and Mcbackpack, organizations that provide food for children living in food insecure households. 


Dunk tank, bouncy house, face painting, special cocktails, beer tapping, live music, and more! $1 from every beverage sold goes directly to feeding hungry children in our community. More info at this link.  Or email Pastor Andy.